“Pope Forgives Molested Children”

Yes, it’s satire. But on this one, The Onion’s similarity to The New York Times is genuinely disturbing.

I have nothing to add to this from The Onion…

…except to say that for once the writers didn’t put all their good ideas in the headline.  The article gets “better,” which is to say, more cringe-inducing, as it goes on.

The Onion’s similarity to The New York Times is often hilarious.  But this time, it’s genuinely disturbing.  The deadpan perversity is, aside from a few slips into juvenalia, worthy of Swift.  And on this matter, we stood in dire need of a Swift.

Update: I read this piece without checking the date.  It’s in fact recycled from 2002.  Its continued timeliness makes it even more disturbing: the Church has had most of a decade to reflect on how to accept responsibility for conniving at evil in its ranks—and still can’t.

Author: Andrew Sabl

Andrew Sabl, a political theorist, is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Ruling Passions: Political Offices and Democratic Ethics and Hume’s Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the History of England, both from Princeton University Press. His research interests include political ethics, liberal and democratic theory, toleration, the work of David Hume, and the realist school of contemporary political thought. He is currently finishing a book for Harvard University Press titled The Uses of Hypocrisy: An Essay on Toleration. He divides his time between Toronto and Brooklyn.

2 thoughts on ““Pope Forgives Molested Children””

  1. I don't know how legit the original website that posted this is, but if it is real… yeah.

    "There are 13 year old adolescents who are under age and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you." – Spanish Bishop Bernando Alvarez


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